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  • Theodore Gray, a founder of Wolfram Research, really loves elements. So much so that he has amassed a collection of thousands of samples. After reading Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks, he thought that the London Science Museum's periodic table displayed samples of the elements on a table. When he discovered that he had misread the passage and the Museum's table was actually a normal, wall-mounted version, he embraced the misunderstanding and decided to created the table he has imagined.

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    by Ward Andrews
    March 5, 2012
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  • Graphic designer Tommaso Guerra dabbles in industrial design, finding ways to incorporate found objects and alternative materials in his lighting projects. From exposed copper piping and teapots, to bottles and guitar bodies his projects could be seen as examples of craft and re-use, but they also exemplify creative thinking—seeing new purpose in an already practical object.

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    by Ward Andrews
    March 2, 2012
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  • Italian designer Ruggero Asnago's Neritagli collection shows how flat 2D objects can be used to create unique 3D stories. As design often does, the project naturally evolved from its original intent. He started crafting the creatures simply with scissors and paper, creating small imaginary animals for fun. He saw the potential in the objects, and referenced Munari's idea of "sculture da viaggio" (portable design) as inspiration.

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    by Ward Andrews
    March 1, 2012
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  • New-York based Bauhaus design student and product designer Arvid Häusser is the designer behind Seppl, a porcelain espresso machine. He chose to use porcelain—a material we don't often see in appliances anymore—because of its thermal storage capabilities, sanitation and ease of cleaning. Plus, visually, it appeals to a wide-range of tastes.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 29, 2012
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  • Wax Magazine is in funding mode over at Kickstarter, and if they succeed, they'll have some interesting perspectives to share with the world. The magazine will be a gathering place of interviews, essays, photography and artwork by designers, artists, film makers, writers and architects who surf and are inspired by surf. Oh yeah, and they live in New York.

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    by Ward Andrews
    February 29, 2012
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  • The original plan for Naos came about as part of the "La Petite invite # Nuits Sonores" contemporary music Festival in Toulouse, France. Paper Donut originally designed the pendant as an interlocking paper structure. After seeing great interest in the pendant during and after the festival, Alexis Facca decided to produce the lamp on a larger scale in November of 2010. It's a great example of form meeting function.

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    by Ward Andrews
    February 27, 2012
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  • This little, 540 square-foot cottage manages to house a family of four quite comfortably and with welcoming and cozy personality to book. This airy Portland home belongs to Jessica of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, who redesigned the interior to maximize storage and living space.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 27, 2012
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  • As a student, Sarah Machicado created this alternative egg packaging concept. The sustainable carton is designed to house 6 extra large, organic brown eggs. She envisioned the packaging to be printed with soy-based inks on 100% post-consumer corrugated paper board—seems like a better alternative than the styrofoam or plastic versions. I wonder how well they would protect the eggs in transit.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 26, 2012
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